Konoplyanka was 'angry' at failed move to Liverpool, but is now ready for Sevilla

Sevilla Football Club

Liverpool may not get a second chance to sign the Ukraine star, who is making final preparations for a move to La Liga side Sevilla.

Ukraine sensation Yehven Konoplyanka is now guaranteed to be leaving Dnipro, after refusing to sign a new contract with the club, who had hoped to cash in on a swift sale afterwards.

There's a very good reason why the 25-year-old refused to trust Dnipro owner, Ihor Kolomoyskyi, who previously blocked the winger from moving to Liverpool in the January 2014 transfer window, when Konoplyanka practically had his bags packed for Anfield.

Marcos Alvarez has now spoken to Radio Marca, with the former Dnipro first-team coach and right-hand man of ex-Spurs boss Juande Ramos, explaining that Konoplyanka was "angered" by that failed opportunity to join Liverpool.

"Konoplyanka was really angry he couldn't sign for Liverpool last year. They went to the Ukraine to do the medical tests, but in the end, the club decided not to sell. The lad was really eager to play for Liverpool at the time."

Although that could be seen as an open opportunity for Liverpool to now make another approach, knowing there'll be nothing Dnipro can do to stand in their way, time has moved on and the ambitions of the player have changed.

Sevilla now lead the chase, given they can offer the player something to match his current ambitions, that Liverpool can't next season. The opportunity to play in the Champions League.

Confident that Konoplyanka will finally choose Sevilla as his destination, Alvarez highlighted that the player has already been making preparations for moving to Spain, particularly with the language.

"I think he should go there with a translator, to help him adapt at first. What's more, I believe he's already been speaking with the translator we had a Dnipro, who will help him to integrate and to adapt."

As for why Konoplyanka has exploded to prominence as a footballer, and particularly as a left-winger, Alvarez highlighted the work of Juande Ramos, nurturing the ability of the player during his spell in charge at Dnipro.

"Juande could see the qualities he had, and could see that the lad could play literally anywhere, but he was very reluctant to play on the left. At first he was very inconsistent, but we convinced him he could play better and how he could best exploit his abilities."

Finally, Alvarez explained that all Konoplyanka now needs, "is to play in a more competitive league, which will demand even more from him." Convinced that La Liga will offer the player everything he needs, to progress even further.

Reports in the south of Spain would seem to coincide with those views, seeing Sevilla as strong favourites to sign Konoplyanka, ahead of interest from the likes of Liverpool, Stoke City, or in Italy, from Roma or Lazio.

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